Lesson 19 Advanced Stock Photography´s archives ↓
In a previous lesson we discussed the business of stock photography and the approach that successful stock photographers take to creating salable images. In this lesson we will look closer at the variety of different subjects that you can shoot and create salable stock photography. The goal is to show you that creating salable concepts is not difficult. It is creating salable ideas that will challenge you. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
This concept photo of a logger was done on a foggy morning in the mountains. Here I negotiated with a client to keep images for stock, something I highly recommend you do and we will discuss this later. The sun had risen behind and made the fog ‘hot’ so I underexposed and added color later.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
In an effort to constantly create salable stock photos, I had seen a similar photo of a phone published like this so I decided to shoot this phone concept photo in my own way. It is an older image and I never re-shot it with a current model phone mainly because I would have to re-shoot it yearly to keep up with the state of the art phone models. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
WHERE TO START
Again ask yourself, what do you like to shoot? They used to say “Shoot what you love and the money will follow!” Not anymore. You must shoot what the markets want if you hope to make money and business subjects are an excellent choice. Have you monitored the trends, business fashions, the stock market, the economy? Did you see photos on a brochure, financial magazine, or annual report that triggered your creative juices to get going shooting business stock? Have you gone through your idea file? The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
Energy concepts are another in-demand subject. Alternative energy, fossil fuels, electricity, nuclear, and more. These are easy to get as you pass by the locations. This image is old and won’t sell anymore, so I went and shot more like this one below.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
How you choose your lighting is the key to a successful stock photo. In your indoor studio you have total control. In your outdoor studio you deal with the light you are given.
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When styling your models you should stay with a current look, but also a generic one as well so that you may get years in the market with those images. In stock photography you are always trying to figure what the next trend will be, the hot color, the hair style. A red jacket will last in the market years after the magenta colored one will!The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
Agriculture is a very worthy subject to shoot for stock. From planting the crops to harvesting them and the lifestyle of farmers as well, this subject is popular. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.
Two examples of industrial stock photos:
The coal mine in Wyoming was from an assignment. You could never get access here unless you were there on assignment. The photo of the pipe was from an assignment at an electrical sub station. While the client was off checking with the supervisor, I spotted these pipes and shot, zooming in and out, up high and low, and was done before they returned. This was not part of my assignment and the client was not charged and I created a good selling stock photo while standing around.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.